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Ross's Gull

Rhodostethia rosea


Rare sighting of a small dove-like arctic gull. Non-breeding plumage is mostly white with pale gray back, wings, no black on wing tips, wedged tail. Pale pink on the breast and small dark cresent smudge behind the eyes. Dark eyes, red legs and small black bill.


Normally is found in the Bering Sea pack ice. This one was found on the beach and then in a flooded field feeding on earthworms.


Sadly after I took these photos 2 Peregrine Falcons flushed it and took it.

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LarryGraziano 4 years ago

Great spotting and story. Jellis.

triggsturner 4 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD Jellis.

Jellis 4 years ago

Thank you PN for the SOTD

Great spotting Jellis,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Janet! This special sighting and story is our Spotting of the Day!


Jellis 4 years ago

Yes it shocked everyone. But it happens. It was alone a small white gull in a muddy field. No protection from other gulls. Even though there were hundreds of birders only about 50 ft from it, it was too easy for two Peregrines to pass up.

triggsturner 4 years ago

Such a shame it came to such an untimely end. That is nature but these small gulls are beautiful. Thank you for sharing this Jellis.

triggsturner 4 years ago

Fantastic spothing

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California, USA

Spotted on Jan 14, 2017
Submitted on Jan 16, 2017

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